LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Adventure

 
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Learning(i)

Standard LEGO yarn with an equal mix of combat and puzzles.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Expect the standard LEGO game themes of honor and bravery, along with a bit of humor. Some logical thinking is involved in solving relatively simple contextual puzzles. The game may encourage kids to pull out their Lego sets and engage in some real-world creativity.

Positive role models

Laval the lion and his animal allies are unquestionably good guys fighting a world-threatening menace, but they tend to get into a lot of fights. Their tactics for dealing with problems involve a roughly equal mix of puzzle solving and combat, which they seem to take pleasure in.

Ease of play

This LEGO game employs the same basic interface and design as previous Lego adventures, which ought to make it easy for returning players to jump in and get going. Even rookies shouldn't have too much trouble since deaths don't result in any lost progress. Players simply lose some of the Lego studs they've collected, and they're never in short supply.

Violence

LEGO minifigure characters do battle with swords, staffs, and, occasionally, weapons that fire projectiles. There is no blood or gore; characters simply break apart into plastic bricks when defeated. However, players will hear shouts of pain. Plus, stunned characters are subject to finishing moves that involve flurries of quick, stylized attacks. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

This game is based on the hugely popular toys with which it shares its name. It specifically promotes LEGO's Legends of Chima line of construction sets.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No privacy or safety concerns.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Adventure is a pretty standard Lego adventure. The game's characters engage in a bit of cartoonish violence that sees bad-guy minifigures broken into to piles of plastic bricks, but there's also a lot of puzzle solving that requires players to put on their thinking caps. Plus, the game may encourage players to get busy creating things with their own real-world Lego collections. Note that this particular Lego game promotes a specific Lego line of products: Legends of Chima. Kids who play the game will likely want to buy these building sets and vice versa. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • building
  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Most kids should find their footing quickly thanks to simple controls and intuitive game design. Kids who play with LEGO's Legend of Chima building sets will likely be taken in by their virtual counterparts onscreen.

Learning Approach

Much of the game is just button-mashing combat, but some areas require puzzle solving skills that might relate to the real world, such as figuring out how gears work or cranking open doors.

Support

Kids will learn how to play by following onscreen instructions. There's no manual in the box, but dozens of helpful hint messages and diagrams can be accessed in the palace hub area.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • building
  • collecting

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • solving puzzles
  • strategy

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Kids can learn about solving puzzles, developing strategies, and creating things in this fun and accessible adventure game based on real-world toys. Players will need to think a bit to figure contextual conundrums that typically require finding objects such as handles and then using them to operate machines. They'll also need to work out effective tactics for taking on different enemies. LEGO The Legend of Chima: Laval's Journey encourages kids to solve problems and may even inspire kids to pull out their own LEGO sets and use their imaginations to build. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Chad Sapieha

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What's it about?

Founded on LEGO's popular Legends of Chima line of construction sets, LEGO LEGENDS OF CHIMA: LAVAL'S ADVENTURE stars the lion Laval and several of his animal allies in a fight against Cragger the Crocodile and his minions. The action is very much like that of other LEGO games, only without the pop culture brands -- Star Wars, Harry Potter, Batman, etc. -- that have helped make the franchise so appealing not just to kids but adults as well. Players work through missions that require them to fight enemies, solve simple crank and lever puzzles, bust LEGO models to pieces to collect studs, and then, occasionally, use what's left over on the ground to build a new object, like a statue or a ramp. A palace acts as a hub where players can buy stuff and view their collections, and players can always go back and replay levels with some of the game's 60 characters to unlock secrets and new items.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Adventure looks lovely and controls well -- especially if you're playing the PlayStation Vita version of the game, which allows for intuitive camera control via its second thumbstick and makes looking around and exploring the game's three-dimensional environments a lot easier. And with more than a dozen lengthy levels -- plus plenty of replay value, thanks to items and areas that can only be unlocked via a second play-through with different characters -- there's plenty of value here.

However, if you're among the players who enjoy LEGO games for their cheeky pop culture parodies as much as their action, you may be a little disappointed. Kids familiar with the LEGO toys will surely enjoy seeing them come to life here, but others will likely miss the witty banter of the LEGO Batman games and the clever pantomimes of the LEGO Star Wars series. The Chima characters aren’t without their charm, but they're no Joker or Han Solo. Plus, there's no co-op mode. It’s not a bad little LEGO adventure, but it's certainly not the best.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about creativity. What sorts of things do you like to build with your LEGO sets? Did the game give you any new ideas of what you might want to build in the future?

  • Families can also talk about the concepts of loyalty, friendship, and betrayal. Have you ever had a friend who began acting less than friendly? Do you think you could ever be friends with him or her again? How can people earn trust back once it's been lost?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Warner Bros. Games
Release date:June 25, 2013
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:E10+ for Cartoon Violence (Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita)

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